Each person has slightly different individual needs for sleep, but if your senior isn’t able to get the amount of sleep she needs, the rest of her life can suffer. Here are some things that might be keeping her from sleeping well.
Medication Side Effects
Many different medications have side effects that create disturbances in your senior’s sleep. She may have trouble staying asleep or getting asleep, simply because of the medication that she takes. If your elderly family member takes more than one medication, those side effects can even compound each other, making them much worse. Talk to her doctor about the medications your elderly family member is taking and whether any of them could be causing sleep disturbances.
Bad Overall Sleep Habits
Everybody can fall into bad sleep habits, even your aging adult. Getting up too late, sleeping in way too late, and eating or drinking foods that keep her awake can all fall into this category. Try sitting down with your senior and examining all of her habits around sleeping and see if you can spot anything that might need adjusting in order to allow for better sleep.
Worrying or Grief
As your aging family member grows older, she’s experiencing more and more changes. Some of them are rapid and some involve a great deal of loss. Because of that, your senior may be spending a lot of time worrying about her present and her future. She may also be grieving for the people and life experiences that she’s lost. All of this can add up to a big emotional difficulty that makes sleep extremely difficult. It can help for your elderly family member to have someone to talk to, such as a counselor or therapist who makes her feel comfortable.
Too Much Free Time
Oddly enough, your senior may have too much free time now and that can cause her to be extremely bored during the day. When night rolls around, sleep then becomes more difficult than it should be. It can be tough for your senior to hold herself to a strict schedule, however. This is when having someone like a home care provider to help her stick to a rough schedule can help a bit.
If simple changes aren’t working well to help your elderly family member get more sleep, then it’s definitely time to talk with her doctor. There may be bigger issues stealing sleep from your elderly family member.
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